Solar Energy Technology is the one of fastest
growing technology in the world. From having small scale niche applications a
decade ago, it is becoming one of the mainstream sources of energy.
However, because of lack of knowledge and training, many of us are
unaware in best utilizing solar energy systems and this includes many solar
product suppliers. This lack of knowledge is often on display in the
form of wrongly oriented PV panels. As a result, the PV
system output is greatly reduced. Poorly designed systems also
increase the cost of installation.
This course on solar energy technology for business
was designed mainly for people who would like to start a solar energy product
business, but do not have the technical knowledge to do so. This course can
also benefit someone who wants to become the end user of solar energy.
The course will help you identify the right
products for yourself or customers/ clients. It will help you design
the systems correctly to meet customer’s
requirement. Currently, bulk of the solar energy product
businesses are operated by people who have little understanding of optimization
of solar energy systems. And therefore many solar products are sold and systems
are designed that either do not meet customers demand or do it very
This course will not only help in bridging the
knowledge gap but also give you an edge over other solar product suppliers
in the market.
How is the course structured?
The course is divided into four sections. The
largest section of the course is related to understanding the nature of solar
energy and how to best harness it.
Later sections explore two of the main solar
products i.e. Solar Photo-voltaic and Solar Water Heaters. The course also
touches on solar desalination, which will become an important technology
in the future because of fresh water shortage.
Practical considerations for installing solar
collectors have also been explored.
The course is delivered in the form of whiteboard
animation videos. It should be noted that whiteboard animation is deemed as one
of the most engaging ways of delivering lectures.
The development of whiteboard animations takes
significantly more time compared to simple PowerPoints with voiceovers. Quizzes
have been added to test students’ knowledge and notes, useful website links and
charts have been made available in the resources section.
Who should take this course?
This course is for all levels and can be completed
by anyone with basic knowledge of science. You should also have the ability to
calculations of simple equations. Other than that, curiosity and interest in
the field of solar energy will help you gain the most out of this course.
The content tries to remain focused on more
practical considerations rather than delving into more academic details.
It is hoped that through this course, the
students will not only be able to benefit themselves but also
benefit the community around them in using solar energy. They will be able
to provide consultancy to customers and even land themselves a job with their local
solar product supplier.
This is a truly empowering course that will open up new vistas and
opportunities for you to explore.